Breaking the (m)Old: A Quick Glance at Oakland's Young Underrated Receivers

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Breaking the (m)Old: A Quick Glance at Oakland's Young Underrated Receivers
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I post this picture for my article, because Javon Walker is a major key for the success of this wide receiver's group.

That's not to say that he needs to catch a ton of balls for them to be successful, that is to say that he must lend them some of his knowledge he has obtained over his seven going on eight years in the league.

Javon, believe it or not, was once the favorite target of a future hall of fame QB, Brett Favre. Javon has been to the top and been considered one of the the best wide receivers in the league.

He knows what it takes, and he says that he will help develop these youngster's alongside rookie receivers' coach Sanjay Lal.

The problem with this theory is that he certainly doesn't want to be replaced by the young up and comers. He doesn't want to not play football, in fact, depending on who you ask he could be on the verge of being elite again.

According to, Javon puts it like this, "Well, you know, seeing from the procedure that I just had, seeing the first thing that they told me was, 'You have a real high tolerance for pain.' And I said, 'Yeah, I do.' It was something where at the time, the motivation I get from it is I'm still out there competing and winning... it was a situation where it wasn't going to get right (by itself), you know what I mean?

"You can look good physically, feel good physically but just with the body and the way that it is, it was a situation that was never going to get right. So now that I've got it right, now I look forward to really doing and getting back to what I used to do, knowing that I can keep going up on the scales as far as feeling percentage-wise."

In this interview, conducted during the second day of the OTA's in Alameda, Javon also goes on to say this about his teamates, "it's a great group out there. Obviously, I'm not old, but I feel like I'm the oldest one.

"Hopefully we can all learn from each other... I was telling the receivers coach, Sanjay (Lal), man you've got the best technically sound group I've ever been around since I've been coming through, as a whole. These guys, I'm kind of scared to get out there with them because (they're) fast, how they break down in routes"

This could be a bunch of hot air that he's spewing, or he could be being honest. If he's honest, that's scary in and of itself because he's been around Antonio Freeman, Robert Ferguson, and Donald Driver in Green Bay, and also Rod Smith, Brandon Marshall, and Brandon Stokley in Denver.

If Javon himself is actually the 100 percent that he claims to be able to get to at the interview it would be very good for an organization that just signed him to a huge contract.

Walker says, "So now that I know I can work to get to 100 percent...Eventually, when I get back to my health that I once was 2 1/2 years ago, it's going to be something really, really interesting to hear about it...that's the thing about me: I just know how to play football.

"So now you take all that, and let's try to execute it in the game plans and against real teams and see how real times do. And that just comes with knowledge and time."

We at Raider nation hope you are honest Javon Walker, go get it boy.

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